For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
Mobile chip maker Mediatek believes buying a great smartphone shouldn't have to break the bank. According to the company, its new, sophisticated, yet affordable MT6595 solution provides a full eight cores of computing power at a fraction of the price. Plus Mediatek says this hardware has the brains to operate its cores very efficiently, which not only saves money but battery life as well. … Read more
As a phone reviewer, my life is an endless stream of cutting-edge devices. In fact I'm constantly juggling four or five mobile gadgets at any given time, many being the best mobile handsets money can buy. But even after living with a litany of fancy flagships from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony, it's the scrappy Nexus 5 upstart that has finally won my heart, at least for now. … Read more
As someone who's in the midst of migrating from iPhone to Android (namely, the Republic Wireless Moto X), I'm looking for ways to ease the transition. Among them: finding a place to dock/charge my phone at night. My current alarm-clock dock has an old-fangled Apple 30-pin connector.
Ah, but do they make bedside clocks especially for Android devices? Of course they do, and from now through tomorrow, Feb. 4, you can get the Hale Dreamer alarm clock/speaker dock for Android phones for $59.99, shipped. That's after applying coupon code XLL9I5S4 at checkout.
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Let's face it, Motorola's freshest crop of smartphones is pretty impressive, but still misses the mark. Even with Google's vast financial resources and software know-how, Moto devices haven't exactly sold like hotcakes. Now that Google has decided to hand off Motorola Mobility into the eager palms of Chinese hardware giant Lenovo, Moto could enjoy a much-needed course correction. … Read more
It's no overstatement to say that the Motorola Moto X was among the best phones of 2013, offering lots of cool features and a customizable design. It won raves from critics and users alike.
And now it's on sale: You can get an unlocked, no-contract Moto X (16GB) for $329.99 shipped or the 32GB version for $379.99 -- a savings of $70. (Note that you won't see either price until you get to checkout and select the "GSM unlocked," Sprint, or Verizon option.)
The big fun of the Moto X, of course, is … Read more
A compact messaging phone with a classic design, the ZTE Altair for Aio Wireless is a refreshing change from oversize, high-priced smartphones, especially if you're on a very tight budget.
At just $49.99 without a contract, it's not going to come with all the bells and whistles of a modern smartphone, especially considering it features a mere a 2-megapixel camera and 3G capabilities.
But, don't count this little guy out completely. The Altair's solid call quality, simple user interface, comfy portrait keyboard, and bargain price tag all do well for those in the market for … Read more